"For me they are both inseparable art forms; I get influenced to illustrate by bands and vice versa." - Dan Allen on his music and art
I normally have to say that if I told them the name of my band, they probably wouldn’t employ me!
Emma interviews Future Radio's Next Big Thing 2013 competition winners...
I don't like bats and I don't like the idea of falling off high buildings while I’m playing the drums! - Lenore interviews Skindred's Arya.
The Pyramid Stage is just the most epic stage and I couldn't believe they'd even let me stand side-stage, never mind fucking play on the stage!
We’re having more fun playing than ever before. We’re trying to treat everything like it’s a new chapter.
I just saw clothes and making music and art all part of the whole way of expression. It's very important and it's not hurting anyone, so why not?
We used to go out on the piss loads after gigs; ruined a few hotel rooms and stuff!
I thought ‘you can't be playing to the people who make the most noise all the time’, you know.
Ultimately we just made music that we both really loved; the fact that people are connecting with it is just amazing.
Sometimes at gigs, me, Dan and Dot will be cracking a few jokes on stage and I think people are quite surprised.
I honestly couldn’t care less about hipsters. Having your taste chosen by the lack of popularity something has seems fairly pointless.
"We’ve got these instruments I had custom made - they’re motion sensors, so when I move my hand around in the air above them, it controls different sounds." - Sub Focus talks to Outline's Will.
"Obviously there’s the standard things that tear most bands apart – egos, money and women - but none of things has seemed to bother us" - Robby Tukak on what's kept Goo Goo Dolls strong
"My friends are in bands who are 25 and 26 are much more interesting and articulated, and do less immature stuff than we do!" - Eoin Loveless talks to Outline
"I don’t look at things in the sense of chart positions, or being A-list on the playlist, I just kind of make music and if people like it, they like it..." - Ghostpoet talks to Outline ahead of his NS&V gig
I’ve been burnt – not just from having laser surgery but in life too, and I think it’s really important to not get bitter.
It's nice to get a young crowd. I'd hate turn around and look at the crowd and see all middle-aged men like me. Boogieing like it was back in the day.
Frank Hamilton shares his thoughts ahead of his Norwich tour date...
"As long as I’m inspired, I just aim to keep working and making more music whilst I’ve got that inspiration."
Ellie talks to local pop-punk band Call It Reckless
Pre-designing the music you're gonna make by the set of influences you have is a deathly awful idea. I think the best music that's made now is made in spite of that - just throw away the fucking book.
I think seeing us do these songs live is pretty crucial if you want to get the full, 360-degree, panoramic view of the songs - how they live and breathe
"Pack your stuff and we’ll go.’ So I packed my whole life in his car and just drove home that night!"
"Above all you need to be tenacious and focused.”
"Nothing is destructive. Ever. Everything is evolutionary. It’s music, you know, it’s not actually like a marriage."
"Gus ended up going back to Ted Danson’s house for some Prosecco! He became aware that Ted Danson was aware of alt-J and he likes the album!"
"They wanted pictures – that’s never really happened to me in an airport before. I think it was probably because they were waiting for other bands!"
"I do remember that night [at NAC]; I burnt my hand on a flaming sambucca shot and had this ring on my hand for like, two weeks!" - Kelcey reminiscing about his last Norwich jaunt.
"He was like our best friend… and he was really pretty, so yeah, that qualified him!" - Zach on Cav's credentials for joining the band.
"There’s never a soft show, every single performance is so emotional for us, because we give everything." - Outline interview Savages ahead of their NAC date.
"Who knows why some people are given the gift of perspective when it seems too late and some don’t and are lost?" - Outline interviews John Grant ahead of his NNF appearance
"When I started playing my own music, I wanted it to be as tall as a skyscraper. Images can achieve that." - Outline's feature on NNF star, Woodkid.
"It’s a bit like handing someone your dirty washing and seeing what they’ll do with it!" - Outline interviews J. Willgoose
We love Norwich; it has such a good gig scene and a few decent venues.
"We’re the Rolling Stones of the rap game..." - Chuck D talks to Emma from Outline
I had no idea what the songs were about… maybe if I was older, I’d know if they were doing the subtle drug or sexual references.
We’re just normal people; we didn’t grow up on a farm, singing on the porch or anything like that!
"You can smoke your chongo mongo, drink your cider, eat your chips and then go home." - British Sea Power on the allure of festivals.
In the case of Van Morrison, the man is a songwriting mountain. I have a lot of work to do to match him.